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  • The international organisation suspended Syria’s membership in 2011 after violent protests turned into a full-scale civil war. Recent reports, however, show that many countries are ready to re-establish ties with Damascus as the Syrian government restores control over the country.\ Amr Musa, ...

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  • Tunisian Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh - a former finance minister to the nation who was earlier appointed as head of the cabinet by Tunisian President Kais Saied - has unveiled a new coalition government, local media have reported.Fakhfakh reportedly submitted the new government line-up ...

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  • Top diplomats from Berlin conference on Libya participant-nations and organisations on Sunday launched the International Follow-up Committee on Libya (IFCL) which looks to exert diplomatic and technical efforts to implement the agreements penned in the January conference.“The IFCL will meet ...

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  • Tensions in northern Syria began to escalate earlier this month when Turkey retaliated against the killing of eight Turkish nationals in a shelling which Ankara claims was conducted by Syrian forces on one of Turkey's observation posts in the Arab country’s Idlib province.Turkish Vice ...

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  • Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif, on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, has suggested that US President Donald Trump is misguided by confusing information, leading him to make poor choices in US foreign policy. Zarif argued that Trump's 2018 decision to unilaterally withdraw ...

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  • "As of midnight on February 14 [16:00 GMT Thursday], the National Health Commission received information about 66,492 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by a new type of coronavirus from 31 provinces [regions and municipalities], including 56,873 currently ill people. 11,053 people are in ...

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  • After Iranian top general Qasem Soleimani and senior members of the Iranian-backed militia in Iraq were assassinated at the behest of US President Donald Trump near Baghdad on 3 January, Tehran and Washington have reportedly been one step from triggering a full-scale war in the Middle East. In a ...

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  • The U.S. and the Afghan Taliban have reached an agreement to reduce hostilities, according to multiple reports published Friday.   The pact could potentially lead to the eventual withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan after near two decades of fighting, reports said citing anonymous ...

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  • Last year, media reports revealed that the English football club Manchester City was facing expulsion from the Champions League over violating financial control regulations. Manchester City has been banned from Champions League for two seasons, a statement by the Union of European Football ...

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  • Israeli bombing of the Syrian capital Damascus overnight Thursday into Friday led to the killing of seven people, including four Iranian officers, a Syrian observatory center said.  The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported, quoting local sources, that the bombing ...

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  • “The US peace plan for the Middle East is not a project to create peace,” Erdogan said, while speaking to Pakistani lawmakers in Islamabad on Friday. “It is an occupation project,” he added. Washington unveiled its ‘Deal of the Century’ peace plan last month, ...

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  • Earlier this month, US Attorney General William Barr urged Washington and its allies to consider putting their “financial muscle behind” either Nokia or Ericsson to make them "far more formidable" competitors to Huawei. Speaking to reporters in London on Thursday, Fredrik Jejdling, ...

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  • US President Donald Trump is reportedly seeking to strike a much-anticipated trade deal with the post-Brexit United Kingdom before the final stage of his 2020 presidential re-election campaign kicks off. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who recently carried out a major reshuffle of his cabinet, has ...

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  • The US Senate has passed its own version of a resolution previously passed by the House seeking to limit US President Donald Trump's ability to unilaterally make war against Iran via the 1973 War Powers Act. The nonbinding resolution enjoyed bipartisan support, winning the votes of all 47 ...

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  • Two people were killed and 12 others were injured as a result of an explosion that followed a terrorist attack in the city of Khanaqin in eastern Iraq on Thursday, Alsumaria broadcaster reported, citing sources. "Terrorists attacked a group of citizens and security forces on the outskirts of ...

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  • Researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) have discovered the presence of a new “baby giant planet” that is cosmically closer to Earth than any other planet of such a young age. A newborn massive planet, dubbed 2MASS 1155-7919 b, was discovered by a team of researchers ...

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  • As Imran Khan’s governing Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party is having a hard time dealing with a 12-year-high inflation rate – reaching 14.6 percent in January – one of Pakistan’s worst locust invasions has wreaked havoc on agricultural crops. A locust swarm has descended on ...

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  • According to preliminary reports, the pilot managed to eject safely. Addressing the issue, the Air Headquarters has established a special committee to discover the causes of the incident. A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jet has crashed near Takht Bhai in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region during a routine ...

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  • Over the weekend, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on the international community to provide swift and free-handed assistance to Africa’s locust-stricken desert countries before the insect invasion becomes unmanageable. The United Nations warned that the ongoing locust ...

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  • The US has refused to exempt India from steel and aluminum tariffs. In June 2019, President Donald Trump removed trade privileges for New Delhi under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), affecting over $5 bln worth of Indian duty-free products. India has retaliated by slapping tariffs on 28 ...

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  • Previously, US President Donald Trump suggested without elaboration that NATO should be more actively involved in the Middle East. The suggestion came soon after US tensions with Iran escalated after the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in Iraq by an American drone. The NATO ...

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  • Moscow considers the implementation of Russia and Turkey's agreements on Syria a top priority, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.  It is always important to suppress any "terrorist attacks" against the Syrian and Russian military in Idlib, northwestern Syria, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told ...

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  • The death toll from an explosion near a military university building in the Afghan capital of Kabul has reached six, while the number of those injured has climbed to 12, Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told Sputnik. A car bomb blast took place earlier in the day outside the Marshal ...

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  • The statement comes after the US Department of Justice charged four members of the People's Liberation Army for the 2017 Equifax cyberattack. The Chinese Foreign Ministry has addressed the recent US indictment of alleged Chinese hackers, stating that the government and the Chinese ...

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  • In the absence of arms control treaties with Russia and China, the United States will be creating the world's strongest nuclear force, President Donald Trump said at a White House Business Session with governors on Monday. "Now, at the same time, Russia and China both want to negotiate with us to ...

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  • The general election in Ireland spelled the breakdown of the traditional two-party system. Fianna Fail, the country's main opposition party, after all votes cast in the 8 February elections were counted, secured 38 seats in parliament. Sinn Fein gained 37 seats, and the ruling Fine Gael got 35 ...

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  • Within the past several months, US bases in Iraq have been targeted in a number of rocket attacks. The situation reportedly escalated after 3 January, after a US airstrike assassinated top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani and several senior members of the Iraqi Shia militia near the Baghdad ...

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  • The Turkish Defence Ministry issued a statement, saying that Syrian government forces had allegedly attacked its military post in the Taftanaz area of Syria's Idlib Province, killing five soldiers, while injuring another five.The Turkish Defence Ministry announced on Monday that the country's ...

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  • Twenty-six former foreign affairs ministers on Monday issued a joint statement urging the United States and Russia to extend the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) - the last strategic arms control treaty in force between the two states, for another five years. "During the Cold War ...

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  • The US administration is requesting more than $700 million to counter Russian influence worldwide in its 2021 budget proposal released on Monday."The President’s 2021 Budget… counters Russian Influence by Strengthening US Allies," the document said. "The Budget provides $0.7 billion ...

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